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LETTERS

Harassment accusations should be questioned

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R.E. Bumgardner

Sunday, December 31, 2017

I’ve noticed (as probably half the population of the United States has) that recently many women have come forward with accusations of sexual harassment against many prominent men from many different walks of life. All of that activity seems to me to be somewhat questionable, especially if one considers the absolute freedom from moral considerations which are enjoyed by many modern women. 

I have no doubt that there are many men who have made inappropriate advances toward women. I have no doubt, either, that some women actually invite those advances, even welcome them, considering them to be a sign of their attractiveness — or sexuality — to their male acquaintances. And, of course, it is certainly true that many women do not enjoy nor invite such attention from bosses or fellow employees. But a quick slap to the face of the perpetrator immediately after the incident would certainly go far in discouraging any further activities — not that such a reaction would be appropriate in all instances.

What is notable, though, is the length of time between the supposed commission of some of the acts and the fact that they are only now being reported, quite often that time is many years. And that brings some questions to mind: Do these women only now resent the harassment, if harassment it was? After all the time that has elapsed do the accusers still have a clear memory of all the details? Did the incident really happen or is the accuser telling lies and hoping for a political consequence (it’s been know to happen)? Have the accusers always considered it to have been harassment or just recently decided to call it that? 

I used to trust people and mostly believe what they said, but all the things which have been happening lately make me wonder if such trust is now out of place.

R.E. Bumgardner

Elizabeth City

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